Great performances – both past and present – will be centre stage on Dec. 31st as Saint John celebrates its talented sports and music stars.
Saint John 225, the Saint John Sea Dogs and Market Square have teamed up to present an Original New Year’s Eve Celebration as part of the city’s 225th anniversary.
The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. at Harbour Station with a Salute to Saint John Sports Heroes. This special historic event will honour some of Saint John’s outstanding sports personalities as part of the pre-game festivities before the Sea Dogs take on provincial rivals, the Moncton Wildcats. It is a presentation of City Stories, Saint John 225’s online social history project.
City Stories is a Saint John 225 legacy project, presented by the Government of Canada, the Government of New Brunswick, the City of Saint John and Charter Sponsor J.D. Irving Limited. It is an online virtual museum – created by the people of Saint John. In January, Saint John 225 will be heading out into neighbourhoods and to community organizations to collect stories. In addition, individuals can upload their own stories and images onto the site.
The Salute to Saint John Sports Heroes will honour Olympian Monica Hitchcock, international basketball official Fred Horgan and the legendary 1972/73 Mooseheads hockey team, winners of the Hardy Cup. Joining them at centre ice will be the St. Mary’s Band, one of Canada’s longest existing community bands (created in 1903) and tenor Owen McCausland, who will perform the national anthem.
While the game is on inside, Saint John 225 and Market Square will be turning up the volume on the Boardwalk stage with a free concert, beginning at 8 p.m. and going straight through until midnight.
The show features six original performances from Saint John’s own Monday Night Symphony, The Aviators, The Brent Mason Band, Shanklin Road, Mike Biggar and The Playdates.
Members of the Saint John Sea Dogs will join the crowd after the game and will be there to help countdown to midnight and a spectacular fireworks show over the harbour, courtesy of Peter Graham and his fireworks team.